Scandal at Vauxhall
Pleasure Garden Follies, Book 1
Reviewed on February 3, 2016
I give it 5 Teacups!
This was the first book of Layna Pimental that I've read and I absolutely loved it, I couldn't put it down. I give a High 5 Stars to Scandal at Vauxhall (Pleasure Garden Follies, Book 1) by Layna Pimental, she writes a sensual and deeply romantic tale that takes the reader on quite a ride!
Duchess Isabel has been in love with the Marquess of Stoughton, Nathanial ever since her youth and before going off to war he'd asked for her hand in marriage, which she gladly gave. During his leave, however, her father arranged for her to be married to the Duke of Brimley. During her marriage to Brimley, her life is a shambles and he's turned out to be nothing but a gambler and drunk and rather rough in the marriage bed. She's been left sad and childless... her heart still belongs to Nathanial and she longs to see him again, however, she's learned that he'd been killed in the war. At a high ball, Duchess Isabel to her astonishment sees Nathanial as he enters the ball, she's so overjoyed to learn he's not been killed after all. During the ball there is a dilemma, Isabel is informed that Duke Brimley has been found having an affair with the Duchess of Downsbury and her husband, the Duke of Downsbury has challenged Brimley to a duel. Isabel is startled but yet part of her is relieved when her husband is killed in the duel.
Her life has been in shambles and she's longed so much to be with Nathanial. He too has longed for her and seeing her at the ball brought back all the memories and enlivened the love he has for her even more. This strong desire has pulled at both of the so much so that they are soon caught in an improper and compromising situation at the Vauxhall Gardens causing a great scandal. Nathanial wants to make it right and save Isabel's reputation and make her his bride. Will Isabel accept? Will she and Nathanial survive this scandal and regain their proper place in society?
Pimental has a gift for writing a wonderful historical tale of love, passion and splashes of suspense and surprise. I highly recommend Scandal at Vauxhall by Layna Pimental!